More sobering statistics on the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in our nation's capitol, which is the highest in the country and "on par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya." More than 14 percent of gay men in Washington D.C. are HIV positive and the rate for black gay men is "much" higher, according to a snapshot released by the D.C. HIV/AIDS Administration.
Interviews with 500 gay men throughout the District found that more than 40 percent were unaware of their diagnosis before the study, even though most had seen a doctor in the past 12 months, and more than a third did not know the HIV status of their last sex partner. The study also shattered some stereotypes: Younger men generally had safer sex behaviors; men older than 30 were tested less frequently, used condoms less often and had more sex partners... The report found that more than 40 percent of those interviewed said they did not use a condom with their last sex partner. Although men of color used condoms almost twice as frequently as white men, the study found more men of color were HIV positive than white men.
Nearly 60 percent of gay men in the city living with HIV/AIDS are black, according to a 2008 study issued by the HIV/AIDS administration. Fewer than 35 percent are white, an indication that the prevalence rate among gay men in the study might be higher and compare less favorably with other cities if more black men were included in the study.
Last week, the District released figures that show the number of HIV/AIDS cases in the city has topped 16,500. For the first time in years the number of new AIDS cases and deaths have declined but black gay and bisexual men continue to be "exponentially" over-represented.
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